Norton youths spread some holiday cheer while simultaneously raising money for the Jimmy Fund this past weekend.
Alex and Jenna Clark, Ashlyn Hines, Rachael Sheridan, Brian and Danielle Sullivan and Campbell and Cooper Smith went Christmas Caroling in the Estates at Norton off Barrows Street and began receiving money from residents. The children, on their own, decided to donate the money to the Jimmy Fund. When they told residents they were donating money to the charity, more residents donated.
The carolers, who range in age from 8 to 12 years old, have also decided to continue the effort and raise even more money.
“To date, they have raised over $200 but have not finished our entire neighborhood,” said Kathleen Sheridan, Rachael’s mother. “Their plan is to go every Friday and Saturday night before Christmas to visit all households. They keep a list of who's house they have done in case someone is not home on a specific night.”
Rachael, 10, hopes to raise $350 for the charity.
The Jimmy Fund is dedicated to finding cancer treatments in children and adults. The Jimmy Fund is also the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.
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“We, the parents, haven't decided on when to give to the Jimmy Fund as of yet, because honestly, the kids took us all by surprise doing this and we never thought they would raise so much money,” Kathleen said. “At first, I thought we would just send a check in, but after seeing how well the kids are doing, and how seriously they are taking this, I think I'd like to talk with the other parents and see if we can make a field trip into Boston and hand deliver the kids collection.”